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Old January 20 2009, 07:17 AM   #1
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Watchmen (the novel) - who here has read it? PROBABLE SPOILERS

So, despite being a life-long comic fan and reader, I never read Watchmen.

Until recently.

Twice.

Fantastic piece of literature. In the comic/graphic novel medium, the rare instance where the hype and praise actually doesn't come close to descibing how I felt reading it.

As far as the upcoming movie.. whereas before, I was indifferent, I am now eagerly anticipating it after rewatching the trailers.

Who else has read the novel, and what did you think?
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Old January 20 2009, 07:59 AM   #2
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Re: Watchmen (the novel) - who here has read it? PROBABLE SPOILERS

I bought it a few months ago due to all the hype about the movie. The first time I read it I thought it was good, though not as crazy awesome as everyone seems to think it is.

Just a few weeks ago I read it again and it got much better, I noticed tons of things I hadn't noticed the first time and story just fit together better when I knew what was going to happen.

Is it the best graphic novel of all time? I don't know, I haven't really read that many. After my second read through I do consider it the best one I've read.
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Old January 20 2009, 08:23 AM   #3
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Re: Watchmen (the novel) - who here has read it? PROBABLE SPOILERS

I've read "Watchmen" several times, but I've never bothered with "The Black Freighter" section. Is it that relevant to the main story?
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Old January 20 2009, 09:27 AM   #4
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Re: Watchmen (the novel) - who here has read it? PROBABLE SPOILERS

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I've read "Watchmen" several times, but I've never bothered with "The Black Freighter" section. Is it that relevant to the main story?
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Old January 20 2009, 10:44 AM   #5
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I liked the ending.

The idea of having ordinary people dress up as heroes when they don't have any special powers or skills kinda bored me.

Only Doctor Manhattan actually has any special powers and he's surrounded by a bunch of ordinary people in fancy dress costumes.
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Old January 20 2009, 01:10 PM   #6
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As far as the upcoming movie.. whereas before, I was indifferent, I am now eagerly anticipating it after rewatching the trailers.

Who else has read the novel, and what did you think?
It's a masterpiece, but I'm afraid I am not expecting nearly as much of the movie. I'd love to be wrong!
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Old January 20 2009, 01:31 PM   #7
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I've read it countless times, and never cease to be amazed. All those little touches - the way "Fearful Symmetry" works, the use of the street junction from different perspectives, the excellent deconstruction of the genre, etc.

But perhaps my favourite thing is how the first and only meeting of the new Minutemen in the 60's tells us so much about the personalities involved and how it's shown from different perspectives to reveal more depth. Wonderful.
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Old January 20 2009, 01:47 PM   #8
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Re: Watchmen (the novel) - who here has read it? PROBABLE SPOILERS

I just finished reading it for the first time on Sunday, and was very impressed. It wasn't until I was about halfway through that the story finally "clicked" for me, so a re-read before the movie comes out is definitely needed. I liked how Nite Owl II and Rorschach represented the two sides of Batman — Nite Owl as the bored rich guy with tons of costumes and gadgets; Rorschach as the morally rigid, psychotic, antisocial asshole Frank Miller gave us in Dark Knight Returns.
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Old January 20 2009, 01:52 PM   #9
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^ And they had their similarities, too - they both needed to be those characters. Dan (the everyman character) never felt as alive as when he was in the costume doing his thing. And Rorschach was so screwed up that he couldn't be anything else.
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Old January 20 2009, 01:56 PM   #10
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I've read "Watchmen" several times, but I've never bothered with "The Black Freighter" section. Is it that relevant to the main story?
Yes, and it's also a good story in its own right.
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Old January 20 2009, 02:03 PM   #11
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Can't add anything to this thread other than - I didn't read it until last year. Its reputation is very deserved. I was thoroughly gripped, something that's never happened to me with a comic before.
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Old January 20 2009, 03:02 PM   #12
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It's a great comic book.
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Old January 20 2009, 03:39 PM   #13
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I haven't read it for ages but must do so before the film comes out. I'm very intrigued to see what Synder has replaced you-know-what with...
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Old January 20 2009, 04:22 PM   #14
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Have to recommend it as well.

Just finished trying out more Alan Moore---Supreme: The Return; Top Ten; America's Best Comics, and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier. I had also seen the other League of Extraordinary Gentlemen instalments and three volumes of Promethea (sort of, that one was pretty unreadable at the end.) If you want comics deconstruction, in my opinion Supreme does it much better, not least by taking on the Big Guy in superheroland, Superman. I'm not sure about the intrinsic interest in deconstruction, however. In fact, I'm not sure I could recommend anything by Alan Moore except Watchmen. Even it is flawed by a sickly obsessive sentimentality about Rorschach.

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Old January 20 2009, 05:26 PM   #15
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QUI CUSTODIET IPSOS CUSTODES?
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